New Delhi: As India votes in the last leg of Lok Sabha elections on Sunday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said the JD(U) is not in favour of removing Article 370 and 35A.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote, Kumar said his party’s stand was clear on the issue since 1996. He also condemned the remarks made by BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur on Nathuram Godse, saying such statements should not be “tolerated”.“Such a long drawn elections should not be held in such an intense heat conditions. This is not appropriate time (conducive atmosphere) for holding elections. It must be either held in February-March or October-November in two to three phases in our country,” Mr. Kumar told reporters in Patna.Mr. Kumar was talking to reporters after casting his vote at a polling station located at a government school near Raj Bhavan.Asserting that elections should not be held in so many phases, Mr. Kumar said that elections should be held in minimal phases so that voters should not have any problems in exercising their franchise as there is no shade for them at polling stations and they have to stand in queues.
“The elections should wrap up early so that it is convenient for voters. It’s very hot,” Mr Kumar said. “Elections should not be held over such a long duration. There was a long gap between each phase of voting. I will write to leaders of all parties to build a consensus on this,” he added. The seven-phased national elections began on April 11 and the votes will be counted on May 23.
In Yogi Adityanath’s stronghold of Gorakhpur, the BJP has fielded Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan. “Polling has begun for the last phase of the national election in the world’s largest democracy. I am glad I am participating in this festival of democracy as I vote in Gorakhpur. People have made it clear that only those who work for public welfare will get elected again,” Yogi Adityanath told reporters after voting.